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Racism and the Filibuster

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On March 23, 2021
Moscow Mitch can try to claim that the filibuster has no connection to racism but any historian knows that’s a complete lie, even more bald-faced than your usual Mitch lie: The most famous such use of the filibuster was against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Opponents of the Act filibustered for a record-breaking 60 […]

Merkley

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On November 22, 2013
For spearheading this filibuster reform effort, Jeff Merkley rises into the upper echelon of Oregon senators, along with people like Wayne Morse and Mark Hatfield.

Filibuster!

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On March 7, 2013

Couple of thoughts about Rand Paul’s marathon filibuster. First, it should go without saying that Rand Paul is not on the side of progressives for any reason. Even on drones and extrajudicial ki

The Accountability Problem

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On June 24, 2010
This is a really crucial point: Pat Garofalo has more on the policy substance here, noting that about 200,000 jobs could plausibly be lost as a result of the minority’s obstructionism here. And do note that if conditions do worsen many, many, many more Americans will blame Barack Obama for the bad state of things […]

I Blame Capra

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On March 10, 2010

For whatever reason, the filibuster has a romantic appeal to people who should know better, and you often hear from those who dislike the current rules that changing the rules to require “real&#

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